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This October, you can help make a difference to the lives of people affected by women’s cancers. Schools, workplaces, individuals and communities across Australia are coming together to show how much they (heart) pink and create their own fun event. Here are some stories to inspire you.
Donna Reid was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) in November 2006, two months before her 38th birthday.
Donna explains, “I found a lump in my breast one Friday night and after a sleepless weekend I went to the doctors to have it checked. I was dumbfounded when the doctor said it was probably mastitis because I don’t have children.”
A lumpectomy revealed cancerous cells and she underwent a mastectomy on Melbourne Cup Day 2006. This year, after a lot of thinking, Donna decided to have her existing breast removed and a bilateral reconstruction done. Donna couldn’t be happier “I love having boobs again!”
Through her diagnosis and treatment Donna turned to the Cancer Council for information and support. “Everyone I spoke to was so helpful and caring so when another health problem forced me to give up full-time work, I decided to volunteer for the Cancer Council and give something back.”
These days Donna is a tireless fundraiser for Pink Ribbon Day and hopes that by telling her story she will encourage other women to do regular breast checks. “If I can save one woman from going through this trauma then it’s worth it.”
She loves working as a volunteer at Cancer Council Tasmania and says “the days I know I have helped someone with my knowledge and experience gives me that warm fuzzy feeling!”
For the past six years, Marlene’s family and friends have eagerly awaited their ‘Girls’ Night Ingoesto…’ theme. Past destinations include Rome, Paris and even the Swiss Alps! Marlene keeps the theme going by having food and decorations to match. A raffle or activity is also included because, “all those coins add up!” Inspired by her mum who is a breast cancer survivor, Marlene and her friends can’t wait to find out where their 2012 Girls’ Night Inwill take them!
Marlene's tip for hosting a successful Girls' Night In
“Lock in a date early and tell your friends to save the date – one of the hardest things to achieve is to get everyone in the same place, at the same time! Give everyone lots of notice!”
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